How To Style a Skirt - Our Women’s Guide

How To Style a Skirt - Our Women’s Guide

Skirts are a stylish and versatile choice for just about any occasion. No matter which type you choose, this timeless wardrobe staple is ready to take your outfit to the next level. Read on for our expert tips on styling all types of skirts.

Choosing the Perfect Skirt

Denim mini, cotton wrap, boho maxi – if you don’t know where to start, don’t worry. Choosing the perfect skirt is easy once you know the basics.

Skirt Types by Length

  • Mini skirts – Mini skirts hit anywhere above the knee.
  • Midi skirts – Midi skirts fall below the knee, although longer styles hit mid-calf.
  • Maxi skirts – Maxi skirts are the longest type of skirt, falling above your ankles or brushing the tops of your feet.
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Skirt Types by Style

  • A-line – An A-line skirt widens from the waist in the shape of an “A,” creating a flattering, fitted top that gradually flares out toward the hem.
  • Circle – Circle skirts are cut in a circular shape, creating a full and flowy look.
  • Wrap – Wrap skirts wrap around the waist, secured by ties or fasteners usually on one side. They’re easily adjustable and great for the beach.


Selecting the Right Fabric

  • Cotton – Cotton is a natural, breathable fabric derived from cotton plants. It’s soft, hypoallergenic, and suitable for all seasons.
  • Viscose/Rayon – Viscose fabric, also known as rayon, is made from cellulose fibers of wood pulp. Rayon has a soft, smooth texture, lightweight feel and nice drape, making it ideal for summer skirts.
  • Linen – Linen is a natural material made from flax fibers. It’s incredibly breathable and durable, and has moisture-wicking properties that keep you cool and dry.
  • Denim – Denim is made from durable cotton twill that’s traditionally dyed blue but comes in a variety of colors. It’s versatile, casual, and shapes to your body the more you wear it.
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Bold Prints and Colors vs. Solid Skirts

Bold prints and colors – think jumbo polka dots, tropical florals, neon pinks, and searing reds – add a playful touch to your look and create eye-catching outfits.

Solid-colored skirts serve as an ideal canvas for limitless outfit combos. Have a monochrome moment with a sage green skirt and top, or mix it up with a black skirt and brightly patterned blouse.

Pairing with Tops

From edgy to elegant to boho chic, the top you pair your skirt with can change the overall look of your outfit.

Mix and Match with Crop Tops

skirt and crop top outfit

Pair a mini skirt with a fitted crop top that hits just above your belly button for a sporty summer look, or opt for an off-shoulder crop top with puff sleeves paired with a circle skirt for a classic retro vibe. Try a long-sleeve crop with a maxi skirt when the weather gets cooler.

Casual and Chic with T-Shirts

skirt and graphic tee outfit

Side knots, front knots, full tucks or completely untucked – there are plenty of ways to wear your favorite t-shirt with a skirt. Rock an oversized vintage band tee tucked into a cheetah print midi or knot your favorite graphic tee to the side and match it with a solid-colored bodycon mini.

Boho Vibes: Flowy Blouses for a Relaxed Look

skirt and blouse outfit

Create boho vibes with flowy blouses and even flowier maxi skirts. Cotton peasant tops and bell-sleeve crop tops, paisley prints, and tribal-inspired details all add flair to relaxed outfits – especially when paired with beachy waves and a fringe bag. If fitted is more your style, choose a crocheted halter top or granny square bralette.

Layering 101

Check out our top tips for adding layers to your skirt outfit, regardless of the weather.

Add a Denim Jacket for Effortless Style

skirt and denim outfit

Denim jackets never go out of style. Pair a cropped denim jacket in classic indigo with a crop top and maxi skirt, or try an oversized jean jacket with a mini skirt and a tucked-in henley top.

Lightweight Cardigans and Sweaters for Cooler Days

skirt and sweater outfit

Lightweight, breathable fabrics help you stay cozy during those in-between months. Open-knit sweaters and cardigans with wrap skirts offer a bohemian-inspired look for nights on the pier or by the bonfire. If you’re heading into the office or attending a special event, try a fitted cardigan that tucks into a high-waisted skirt.

Pro tip: Play around with colors and textures – fleece with cotton, colorful knit fabrics with florals – to add interest to your outfits.


Accessories add an extra touch of individuality to any outfit.

Hats and Headwear

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Wide-brimmed hats and trendy straw hats compliment the casual vibe of wrap skirts and sun-kissed afternoons, while baseball caps look great with sporty mini skirts and crop tops.

If hats aren’t your thing, try a headband or scarf. Tie a vintage scarf around a messy bun and let the ends dangle down your back, or slide a bandeau headband or bandana over loose waves for a more bohemian look.

Statement Sunglasses

Statement sunglasses are some of our favorite accessories for skirt outfits. Here are a few of our favorites.

  • Cat eye frames
  • Aviators
  • Heart-shaped lenses
  • Oversized circles or squares
  • Colorful tinted lenses
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Choose Your Shoes

Even if you skip the accessories, the right shoes can pull your outfit together and add a finishing touch.

Sandals for a Casual and Beachy Look

which sandals with skirt

Sandals and skirts are the go-to duo for beachy looks. Flat sandals, like colorful flip-flops, leather slides, or strappy gladiators, offer a relaxed feel. Wedge sandals, like espadrilles or clogs, are great for beachside brunches or sunset gatherings.

Sneakers: The Ideal Blend of Comfort and Style

which shoes with skirt

Sneakers are the sweet spot between comfort and style. Classic white sneakers pair well with breezy midi skirts or mini skirts for a clean look. For added personality, try bold colors or chunky platform soles paired with maxi or A-line skirts.

When it comes to styling a skirt, the possibilities are endless. From mini to midi, boho to beach casual, and bold prints to solids, it’s all about embracing your individual style. Creative layering and accessorizing finish off your ideal skirt outfit.